Sunday, February 19, 2017

Highs, Lows & Cleaning Up My Act



Yet again, I let more days go by between posts than planned. This thing called life is really getting in the way! 😀
This guy tends to take up my time. 😃

This weekend went by way too fast, as they all do - but it had its highs and lows crammed into that short period of time.

The high was most definitely my 9-mile run on Saturday! I hadn't run that far since my last half marathon way back in March 2015. I've been adding a mile back to my long run each week for the past few weeks and worked my way back to 9. I had hoped to run an 8:30 pace or faster, but I really can't complain about this:



I really thought I was going to quit on this one - which brings me to one of the lows.  (The rest of the lows I'm not going to get into here. I will just say I am emotionally exhausted...) I woke up Saturday morning feeling really icky. I drank a glass of wine the night before, but chased it with lots of water. But I still had a yucky feeling in my head and my whole body. I feel sluggish. I managed to push through it and get it in gear for my run, but it got me thinking. I've been waking up feeling that way more often than not lately. And then it occurred to me....

It's my diet.

Now don't get me wrong - relative to the general population, I eat very healthy. I'm a vegan, I don't do fast food, and really don't drink all that much. But I've allowed too much sugar and too many processed carbs to creep into my diet lately. And I've also been stressed and anxious at times, which leads to a few more glasses of wine each week than normal. All this together has left me feeling gross and sluggish almost daily.

So, starting tomorrow, I am cleaning up my act. I'm starting the vegan Whole30. I guess it's really the Whole30ish, because by nature of being vegan, I'm violating some of the principles of Whole30. But whatever you want to call it, it's going to be HARD! I'm looking forward to cutting the sugar out and reducing the alcohol (because let's be serious, there's no way I'll skip my post long run glass of wine on Saturdays!). I am nervous about living without oats and rice though - both staples in my vegan diet. Tomorrow night I was planning on making rice bowls with tofu, broccoli and teriyaki sauce. Instead, I'll be swapping out the rice with this:




Of course I have to travel again for work this week, which will be tricky...but I am committed to feeling better every day. Plus, I always love a good challenge. 😀

I hope to get my act together to post more regularly with updates on how it's going!

Have a great week!

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